Gerry Thompson is interviewed on the subject of freeing up your creativity, by Cat Rose of Always Possible:
Gerry Thompson gives a talk illustrating three big ways you can learn from standup comedians in order to be better and more effective at public speaking and presenting – 9 minutes of highlights. [Read more…]
Business Edge magazine has published Gerry Thompson’s feature on nine things speakers and presenters can learn from stand-up comedians, in their Feb 2018 issue.
Read full feature, on page 41
How stand-up comedians can teach us priceless skills for life and work
People think that all comedians do is be funny and make people laugh – but this is only a fraction of the story.
Stand-up comedians demonstrate a truly amazing skill-set. They are courageous, inventive, engaging, and daring. They live life on the edge. They expose themselves and their vulnerability, and the source of their comedy is themselves and their lives. They are incredible communicators. When disaster strikes, they can often turn it into triumph. Sometimes they fail, and die on stage – but they’ll be up there for the next show, when they may well be storming it. Wouldn’t it be great if you could be inspired by them to apply some of these attributes at will in your life and work?
It’s my belief that humour is one of the greatest agents we have for good in this world. Humour is vital to human life, and probably always has been. It is timeless, and occurs in all cultures. Yet there is always something about it that remains mysterious and elusive. Please join me in taking a look into humour’s positive and constructive potential – and its mystery. [Read more…]
It’s about the priceless life skills that you can learn from standup comedians
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The stand-up comedian’s striking use of spontaneity and ability to be improvisational have a lot to do with the capacity to function fully in the present moment. Let’s look into how we too might benefit if we were able to apply this principle in our own lives. [Read more…]
“Most of my life I don’t have much fun, and the rest of the time I don’t have any fun at all” – Woody Allen
Perhaps the most immediate kind of disaster which one thinks of in connexion with comedians is when a performance going wrong – that proverbial ‘dying on your a*s’. But the topic we’re going to look at in this chapter goes a great deal further than that – learning from all the ways that comedians use their art to address the nastier stuff that happens in life. This attribute, I suggest, represents the greatest and most potentially transformative learning opportunity that comedians offer us. [Read more…]
“A lot of people are afraid of heights. Not me; I’m afraid of widths” – laconic US stand-up comedian Stephen Wright
Perhaps the single most commonly admired attribute of stand-up comedians is their demonstration of courage and management of fear – preparedness to stand alone in front of an unknown, potentially hostile, and sometimes huge audience – risking failure: not amusing them, not being liked, being heckled or boo-ed off. This is a visceral and quite fundamental fear, which feels like it’s about one’s very survival. Not for nothing is a bad comedy experience on stage termed ‘dying on your *ss’. [Read more…]
Gerry Thompson offers nine powerful things you can learn from stand-up comedians in order to be a better, more confident and more impactful presenter or public speaker. This video was recorded at Amex Stadium, Brighton.
A longer version of this video clip, with more detail on each learning point, can be found here
My Huffington Post blog on this
….a practical learning event in Brighton UK
Tuesday January 17th
hosted by Brighton and Hove Chamber of Commerce
book a place here
Would you like to be more confident and capable in using humour as a powerful tool in the world of work and business?
Humour is widely recognised as one of the most influential aspects of human communication; used wisely, it can transform you ability to win people over, win business, and enjoy your professional life a lot more.
With humour, you can add impact to your message. You can put people at ease, engage with them and win them over. You will be remembered. Mastery of humour can hugely increase your personal and professional confidence. Humour can disperse tension or anxiety, and make difficult subjects easier to address. Having the possibility of humour is just about essential.
In this high-practical, hands-one workshop, you’ll learn how to start using humour, or hone your existing humour skills. You’ll gain an understanding of the working principles of humour and then apply them in whichever business settings you find most challenging, such as presentations, networking or meetings.
Think you’re just not funny? Don’t worry, we know how to help with that one….
For further details and to book, go here
Gerry Thompson is again comedy facilitator for Brighton charity Carousel’s ten week comedy course for those with learning disability, starting in the new year.
To book a place or get details, contact Dave Lavis at Carousel
Linguistic influence of the German economy
The European Commission has just announced an agreement whereby English will be the official language of the European Union rather than German, which was the other possibility.
As part of the negotiations, the British Government conceded that English spelling had some room for improvement and has accepted a 5- year phase-in plan that would become known as “Euro-English”. [Read more…]